Herald Staff Writer

THUMBS UP to the Holiday Network’s organizers, who provided assistance to 439 families this holiday season. In all, 1,106 children benefited from the program, which distributed toys, gifts, socks, undergarments, hats, gloves, cash and other items. Also, 75 senior citizens were given gift bags as part of the Senior Project.

...AND THUMBS UP to the Clinton Church of Christ, which made its hall available to the Holiday Network the week before Christmas to be used for distributing socks, underwear, other items of clothing, gift cards for groceries and wrapped gifts to families in need of help at Christmas.

THUMBS UP to the Lyons Depot, which is a great place to have an event.  Editorial Board members wants to recognize the Clinton Jaycees, which deserve a lot of credit for making the Depot a great place.

THUMBS UP to the Camanche Elementary School’s Robotics team, “Team Tobor,” which has qualified to compete at the state competition in Ames on Jan. 14. The team, made up of 10 fourth-graders, was the youngest team at the regional competition in Davenport on Dec. 10.

THUMBS UP to Megan Goetzel and Matt Boyd, who have been selected as the Clinton High School student-athlete Wendy’s Heisman winners for 2011. Megan, a senior, is a standout tennis player and student. Matt, also a senior, has been involved in cross country, is a state place winner in swimming and is an outstanding student. Matt also has been selected for the 2011 USA Swimming Scholastic All American Team.

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